Farmers Fighting Hunger & Wildfire Danger
For the thirdÂ consecutive year, Pacific Northwest farmers are joining forces with otherÂ regional partners on a month-long food and cash drive designed to feed hungryÂ families over the summer. Itâ€™s all part of the Northwest Farmers FightingÂ Hunger campaign with donations making their way to the Oregon Food Bank NetworkÂ and its counterpart in Washington State. Oregon Department of AgricultureÂ Director Katy Coba says summer is a time of agricultural bounty in OregonÂ and Washington, but itâ€™s also a time of need for families faced with hunger.
COBA: For all of us inÂ Oregon, as we are out enjoying our beautiful weather and all of the wonderfulÂ produce and food that results from this, to remember those who are lessÂ fortunate than us. If you have a little bit extra that you can share, whetherÂ itâ€™sÂ through food donations or cash donations, please do so. It really makes aÂ difference.
The National Interagency Fire Center's June report says that this fire season has the potential to be "robust above normal fire activity" in July, August and September. Even though some fires are set by people not being cautious in many areas the culprit will be lightening. Nearly 500 square miles of land was burned in the state of Washington last year.
Thatâ€™s todayâ€™s Northwest Report. Iâ€™m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.